Professor Diane Speed

Dean and CEO, Office of the Dean
BA (Hons) Sydney MA (Hons) Sydney MTh (Hons) Sydney PhD London; LSDA Australian Music Examinations Board

Diane has been Dean and CEO of the Sydney College of Divinity since the beginning of 2008. As well as managing the Office of the Dean, she has oversight of the Korean School of Theology and the Graduate Research School, and she has ultimate responsibility for the academic and institutional leadership of the SCD as a whole. She negotiates necessary approvals for SCD projects with the Commonwealth Government agency TEQSA, represents SCD in the Higher Education sector, and strives to ensure that the Member Institutions and all who belong to SCD have the support to work together effectively to achieve the College mission. This includes providing regulatory information and strategic planning advice to the President and Council, the College Principals, and other staff.

Diane’s previous working life was based in the Department of English at the University of Sydney, where she was engaged in teaching, research, and supervision, alongside administration in the Faculty, and occasional teaching and supervision for the Department of Studies in Religion. In the United Kingdom she has also been an Honorary Associate at the University of Liverpool and a Visiting Fellow at Robinson College Cambridge. Her particular expertise is in medieval thought and texts, with particular interests in biblical paraphrase and commentary, romance, hagiography, exempla, and manuscript culture, underlying all of which is an abiding concern with historical theology.

Diane’s outside interests focus mainly on lay teaching and pastoring. She has preached in Anglican churches in Sydney and Presbyterian churches in Korea. She belongs to the Wellspring community and co-convenes the NSW Ecumenical Council’s Theological Reflection Commission. She enjoys time with her friends and her cat, opera, ballet, concerts, and reading.



2002 Honourable Engagement: St Mark’s Church Darling Point: The First 150 Years
By Withycombe and Susan Mary Woolcock. Foreword by M. L. Loane, KBE, Additional Material by Diane Speed, Index by Robert S. M. Withycombe, ed. Diane Speed, Sydney: St Mark’s Church Darling Point, 2002. 263 pp.
1993 Medieval English Romances
3rd edn, Durham Medieval Texts 8, Durham: University of Durham, 1993. 1st and 2nd edn, Sydney: University of Sydney, 1987 and 1989. 460 pp.
1992 Essays on Early England in Honour of Audrey Meaney
Principal editor, with Sue Spinks and Susan Mary Withycombe, Parergon ns 10.2 (special edn), Sydney, 1992. 178 pp.

Book Chapters and Refereed Articles

2010 ‘A Text for Its Time: The Sanctorale of the Early South English Legendary’, Chapter 6 of The Texts and Contexts of Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Laud Misc. 108
Ed. Kimberley K. Bell and Julie Nelson Couch, Medieval and Renaissance Authors and Texts 6, Leiden: Brill, 2010, pp. 117-136.
2009 Chaucer’s ‘Monk’s Tale’ and ‘Nun’s Priest’s Tale’: An Annotated Bibliography 1900-2000, The Chaucer Bibliographies
Monk’s Tale Annotations to 1919 and 1984-1998, in Peter Goodall, ed. Toronto, Buffalo, London: University of Toronto Press, 2009.


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